Consent Model Implementation – Enhanced Data Sharing Model (eDSM)
Many people think their GP Record is available to all healthcare professionals involved in their care; but this is not always the case. It is very common that each healthcare professional you see keeps a separate record. This can mean important information may not be communicated between health services as well as it could be.
Delivery of your care would be supported by information about you being shared with other health organisations. Across Nottinghamshire we are introducing a local GP Record sharing model which will allow us to make relevant medical information from your GP Record available to other healthcare professionals at the point of need when they are providing care for you.
You will always be asked for your explicit consent before a healthcare professional accesses your GP Record. If you say “No” they will not be able to see your medical information. If however you are unconscious for example in an emergency situation a healthcare professional may access your GP Record without permission if it is deemed in your best interest to provide emergency direct care.
Examples of organisations that may access your GP health information include Out of Hours Teams, Walk in Centres, Hospitals /A&E Departments and Community Healthcare Teams.
Sharing your GP record in this way is designed to ensure that the healthcare professionals looking after you have the most relevant up to date information to enable them to provide you with the most appropriate care. It may also mean that you won’t have unnecessary tests, have to repeat information or be given drugs that you may be allergic to.
If you wish to only make certain parts of your GP record available and not all of it then you can ask for sections of your GP Record to be marked as ‘Private’. Private information will never be shared unless it is required by law or you give permission.
We would encourage everyone to make their GP Record available in case they need to be seen in an emergency or Out of Hours. If you have certain health conditions or go to hospital a lot then you should definitely make your record available.
Your GP record contains important information about you. Making your record availble means all health workers outside of your GP practice such as hospital, walk-in centres and out of hours services, have the information they need to provide you with the best possible care.
When someone from another healthcare organisation wants to see your record they will always ask you if it's OK first. If you say "no" they will not be able to see any information.
If you have already told your practice not to share your record, it will not be made available. If you do not wish us to share your information in this way please tell us. For more information, please see the practice website or speak to reception.
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Information Sharing and Future of data sharing